by Mandy Green, Coaching Productivity Strategies
When I first started out on my journey of finding better ways to be more effective and efficient in the office as a coach, one of the productivity experts that I studied a lot was Brian Tracy.
Brian Tracy is one of America’s leading authorities on the enhancement of personal effectiveness, leadership, time management, goals, motivation, and success.
Brian’s stuff spoke to me. It was so simple and incredibly applicable to everything we do as college coaches.
I really have gotten 100’s of amazing productivity tips from Brian Tracy, but here are four of my favorites:
1. Be open to new ideas. Because I was so overwhelmed with work, I made the mistake when I first got into coaching 17 years ago of thinking that I had no time to learn about time management or even maybe that I already knew everything I needed to know. I knew that the way I was working wasn’t working, so opening up to new productivity ideas and then applying them has been a game changer for how I now am able to get work done in the office.
2. Develop a plan. Tracy is always saying that successful men and women are both effective and efficient. They do the right things, and they do them in the right way. They are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality and quantity of their output. Develop a plan, then decide what is the most important thing to do, and then decide how to do it. Love it. This piece of advice was instrumental in me developing my Green Time Management System for Coaches.
3. Set priorities. As a coach, we will never have enough time to do everything that needs to be done, so we must choose. Tracy’s advice on this is that you must continually set priorities on your activities. He wants you to constantly be asking yourself, what is the most valuable use of my time right now?
4. Start with your top tasks. The natural tendency is to spend a lot of valuable time clearing up smaller and easier things first. Tracy believe though that the self-discipline of organizing your work and focusing on your highest-value tasks is the starting point of getting your time under control and lowering your stress levels.
Another great tip from Tracy is that If you want to be a big success in any area, find out what other successful people in that area are doing—and do the same things until you get the same results. Brian Tracy has been one of the many successful people that I have studied on time management principals.
If you are interested in seeing how I have taken what all of the successful experts on time management out there have done with the business world and see how I have applied it to what we do as college coaches, for now until my new website is up and running in a few weeks, go to www.mandygreencps.com. If you want more productivity advice delivered into your inbox every few weeks, sign up for my free newsletter! Have a great week!